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TIFF Review: Drive

Drive stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Ron Perlman

By: Ilan Mester

Published: September 11th, 2011 in Culture » Film » Reviews

TIFF Review: Drive

Drive may star Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Blue Valentine) and Carey Mulligan (An Education), but it’s not a romantic drama -- although there are romantic elements. The latest from director Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, the Pusher trilogy) is actually a captivating crime thriller; one that features great acting, an awesome soundtrack and tons of gore.

Ryan Gosling stars as a stunt driver who doubles as a skilled getaway driver at night. He offers to wait for robbers up to five minutes -- not one minute more -- while they steal. If they fail to return to the car within five minutes, they’re on their own.

Gosling’s character falls for his neighbour, Irene (played by Carey Mulligan), whose husband was in prison but leaves jail and returns home after she gets to know Gosling’s character. Her husband (Oscar Isaac) needs to pay off his debts (if he doesn’t, his family could be in danger), so he wants to perform one last robbery.

Gosling’s character decides to help him and after the robbery goes horribly wrong, he gets involved in the situation -- not just as a driver.

Drive features great performances -- especially from Gosling -- and from the supporting cast, which includes Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Christina Hendricks.

Just note that if you can’t handle gore, this movie definitely isn’t for you. The amount of guts and blood featured in Drive can rival the amount featured in a Quentin Tarantino movie. But if you can handle it, odds are you’ll love Drive.

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